Another day of strong winds and frequent rain which produced a spectacular movement of gulls. Two sessions of watching totaling 6.25hrs resulted in massive totals of 38,000 Black-headed Gulls, seven Mediterranean Gulls, 9,000 Common Gulls, 3,500 Herring Gulls, two Yellow-legged Gulls and 3,816 Kittiwakes passing west. Other bits and pieces included five Gadwall, a Teal, 75 Wigeon, 25 Fulmars, 137 Gannets and a Great Skua. In addition, 43 Brent Geese flew east against the flow. The regular first-winter Caspian and Glaucous Gulls were still present but it was perhaps something of a surprise that no other rarer gulls were found.
A Common Seal and two Grey Seals were showing very well offshore.
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Corona Virus Update
Following discussions with other Observatories and taking advice from the RSPB we are not allowed to open the hides yet to visitors as we cannot put in place the necessary protocols to keep staff and visitors safe. We will have to remain closed to overnight visitors for the foreseeable future. Day visitors are welcome to call into the garden, as long as Covid-19 protocols are observed. We are still operating our monitoring programme. Please think carefully about Social Distancing before approaching our Wardens. Please forward any Dungeness records to the Warden.
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